Seminar: Refugees and refugeedom in world history, 1945 to 1975

The Exchange Project, funded by the European Research Council, headquartered at the Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade, invites to the seminar “Refugees and Refugees in World History, 1945 to 1975”, by Peter Gatrell, of the University of Manchester, on 17 October 2019.

The seminar will take place at 2 pm, in the Sala de Atos of the Institute of Social Sciences, at the University of Minho, Braga. Admission is free, without prior registration.

Peter Gatrell teaches in the Department of History at the University of Manchester. Peter is affiliated to the University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Research Institute (HCRI). In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and in 2019 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He has spent much of the past 20 years studying the history of population displacement in the modern world. His books include a trilogy on refugee history: A Whole Empire Walking: Refugees in Russia during World War 1 (Indiana University Press, 1999), Free World? The campaign to save the world’s refugees, 1956-1963 (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and The Making of the Modern Refugee (Oxford University Press, 2013). He also retains an interest in the economic and social history of modern Russia to which he devoted much of the first half of his academic career. His latest book, The Unsettling of Europe: how migration reshaped a continent, will appear with Penguin Books and Basic Books in August 2019. He has directed several research projects on population displacement, state-building and social identity in the aftermath of the First World War and the Second World War. In July 2018 he started a three-year collaborative research project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Instituto de Ciências Sociais – Universidade do Minho entitled “Reckoning with refugeedom: refugee voices in modern history, 1919 to 1975”.